A sweeping and unforgettable novel about a Black community reeling from a triple homicide, and the secrets the killings reveal.
Winslow takes us back to West Mills, North Carolina. The year is 1976, and the three Harmon siblings are found shot to death in their home. The first crime in decades and everyone has an opinion and a suspect. The townsfolk on both sides of the canal are riled up.
But the white folks in town don’t seem too interested in finding out who did the crime. Except for one woman, Jo Wright. She is from New York and has moved back after retirement to marry her childhood love. When she finds out he is one of the people involved, according to the gossip mill, she sets out to prove he is innocent.
Along the way she will find out a lot of stuff she didn’t know but maybe suspected. Racism, Lies, and all matter of intolerance. Some lives will be upended and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
As usual with Winslow’s books, I cried and shook my fist at the injustice of it all. It’s hard to read but I am always glad I did.
NetGalley/ February 14th, 2023 by Bloomsbury Publishing